Jose Antonio Cortez-Ruiz, 26, pleaded guilty to counts of distribution of cocaine and aggravated illegal re-entry into the United States. Prosecutors say Cortez-Ruiz returned to the U.S. In 2010 after being deported. He settled in the Chicago area. Last October, he was arrested in Manitowoc County after he delivered a half-kilogram of cocaine to a confidential informant for $15,000.
Prosecutors say Cortez-Ruiz's arrest led to the arrest and prosecution of two high-level Chicago-area drug suppliers.